But someone who contacted Hartley via his Facebook site got an answer from him, and posted it as a comment to my previous post:
To BEBE, et al, Todd replied to my query on facebook........it took 10+ days so I assumed he wasnt going to answer.......he did in a very civil way and summed it up like this-he said he'd been working 7 days a week on phxnews, was shunning his family/wife/etc and had some other project taking off (empowher.com)......he did admit to not being one to argue and he felt phxnews had gotten a bit out of hand in that dept....said he 'woke up one morning and couldnt stomach doing it any longer and turned it off'..........we exchanged a few more notes and that was basically it..........B
The bottom line: Phxnews was consuming too much of his life, taking too much time away from his family, and the aggravation was becoming too much. Understandable, although I wish he had given us some warning and posted a message announcing his intent to take the site down before he did it.
Todd Hartley tried to avoid political correctness as much as possible. He paid a price for his tolerance - back in 2007, Google de-listed the site from their News search results because of too many "complaints" about commentary critical of Muslims. Hartley also ran afoul of the infamous Phoenix New Times blogger Stephen Lemons, who blogs under the name of Feathered Bastard (and he is a bastard). You can read about an exchange between the two HERE. Lemons is notorious for stalking Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, who believes that illegal aliens are truly illegal and must be removed, and who takes short shrift with petty hoodlums. Basically, the Phoenix New Times is a trashy hippie newspaper suitable only for litter boxes and bird cages; it's not fit for human consumption.
Nevertheless, despite the pressure, Todd Hartley continued to allow a wide ideological range of content, only asking for some perfunctory civility in style. And it worked - until late in 2008, when he started censoring stories about racial issues, regardless of the style. Like it or not, race needs to be discussed; as long as non-whites, Jews, and their anti-racist white allies do it, we're entitled to do it as well. But finally, he had enough and pulled the plug on January 30th.
Subsequent comments to my previous post hint at the possibility that Todd Hartley might team up with former tag-team partner Charles Goyette to do something in the future, but that's mere conjecture at this point. The fact is, Phxnews is gone and it isn't coming back. It's too bad, but when something like that begins to grow stale on you, sometimes the best thing to do is to pull the plug. Unless you're like Frank Weltner, and can find someone like James Stenzel to take over your website. But Jew Watch isn't as famous under Stenzel as it was under Weltner, for some reason.
I thank Todd Hartley for running a good website for many years and I wish him well. Also a thumbs up to Phxnews posters like Bebe, West Valley, Chiefluh, and a few others. Surprisingly, long time poster Mr. Meangenes never mentioned Hartley's departure on his blog; perhaps he was too busy talking to Mrs. Goose or Mrs. Rabbit, or perhaps wanking it to his full-size autographed wall poster of Dick Cheney (Mr. Meangenes was the ultimate neocon).